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Haunted puffer fish lamp!
exotica59
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Posted: 2005-09-15 06:24 am   Permalink

OK, as I was searching around through eBay I stumbled across this auction
http://cgi.eBay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=ADME:B:EOIBSAA:US:11&Item=5031320051
I thought to myself that this was a pretty cool looking puffer fish lamp, bigger than the one I made myself, and what a neat story to be able to tell while drinking Mai Tais with my friends. My other thought was maybe I would learn some history of a lost tiki bar.
I asked the lady after I won if she could tell me the name of the bar from which it came out of. She told me it was the Kon Tiki in Galveston TX. Hmmmm...so I start checking around and all I come up with is this http://garzaskontiki.com/
Now this place looks like they would not have any sort of tiki anything hanging up in the place-very glitzy and high tech. looking in the photos.
So I write her back and tell her what I found here is her return email:
yes, this is the same bar, it used to be in another location on Galveston Island back in 1976 from which the lamp came, it was called the Kon tiki and in fact it was a gay bar. The current Kon tiki, the glitzy gay bar you located is it! years ago they were in another location on the island a different owner and it was not glitzy the decor was different..... thanks, vickie..

Could there have been an earlier bar that might have had tiki decor?
Maybe I'll have to wait for the ghost to appear and ask him! he he he
whoooooooooo (spooky music in the background)

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johntiki
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Posted: 2005-09-15 07:06 am   Permalink

I don't understand why this ghost story technique is used so often to sell stuff on Ebay... sure it's a cool looking puffer fish lamp but if there is any truth to the story, who the hell wants to deal with some dude's spirit! Unless a bidder has an interest in the paranormal I couldn't see where this would be the right route to take in selling something you could list legitimately and likely sell for a decent profit.
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exotica59
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Posted: 2005-09-15 07:30 am   Permalink

I know what you mean Johntiki. All that lady had to do was put the word tiki lamp in the auction and I'd of had a lot of company bidding on this. No tiii, or puffer fish and strangely she puts haunted in the title!? LOL. Crazy, huh?
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tikifish
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Posted: 2005-09-15 07:49 am   Permalink

If you look at her other auctions, they are ALL haunted... what are the chances?

 
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Doctor Z
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Posted: 2005-09-15 10:30 am   Permalink

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On 2005-09-15 07:49, tikifish wrote:
If you look at her other auctions, they are ALL haunted... what are the chances?



Yeah, and it's all haunted jewelry. Haunted jewelry?? WTF??
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SugarCaddyDaddy
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Posted: 2005-09-15 10:51 am   Permalink

Quote:
tikifish wrote:
If you look at her other auctions, they are ALL haunted... what are the chances?



Quote:
Doctor Z wrote:
Yeah, and it's all haunted jewelry. Haunted jewelry?? WTF??



She titles herself as a professional psychic. See her "About Me" on her ebay listings. As far as looking at it from a Marketing/Sales perspective, it is actually a marketing strategy on her part (being a self-proclaimed psychic) since those who are into purchasing psychic/paranormal items, would look the items for sale as making a 'connection' with someone who had an energy (whether positive or negative) and would possibly entice them to purchase the item(s) that are for sale.

Think of it as the equal to buying a tiki that came from an estate that had Good (or bad) Mana.

Just my 2 psycho..er, um, psychic coconuts worth!

P.S. Cool Puffer!
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Primo Kimo
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Posted: 2005-09-15 11:12 am   Permalink

What, no google eyes. Maybe, it is better that this little guy couldn't see
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tikipedia
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Posted: 2005-09-15 1:26 pm   Permalink

Hey, I believe it. I once got spooked when I was making a mai tai, and found out I was out of orange curacao!

Actually, how about the
haunted tiki mask at the Tropicana, in Las Vegas?

Quote: 'Las Vegas - Tropicana Hotel & Casino - Over the years visitors to this hotel are greeted at the entrance by a large tiki mask face, and many people have reported getting a terrible purple rash after touching it. And when people take pictures in front of it they report seeing a strange purple hazy cloud of smoke in the picture after they developed the pictures.'

Hmmmmm......

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Formikahini
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Posted: 2005-09-15 2:09 pm   Permalink

Hey, *I'm* haunted now!

I'm haunted by the fact that I wasn't looking for pufferfish lamps, but need one, and this inexpensive beauty was for sale right here in my town!!!!

Plus, I'm haunted by the fact that a tiki bar (gay or not) was in Galveston and I never knew of it.

And I had more than a ghost-of-a-chance to win!
( Congrats, exotica59)
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Doctor Z
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Posted: 2005-09-15 5:38 pm   Permalink

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On 2005-09-15 13:26, tikipedia wrote:


Quote: 'Las Vegas - Tropicana Hotel & Casino - Over the years visitors to this hotel are greeted at the entrance by a large tiki mask face, and many people have reported getting a terrible purple rash after touching it. And when people take pictures in front of it they report seeing a strange purple hazy cloud of smoke in the picture after they developed the pictures.'



Sounds like it's haunted by the ghost of Jimi Hendrix!
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Unkle John
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Posted: 2005-09-15 5:55 pm   Permalink

Found on the web~

Garza's Kon Tiki
315 Treemont (23rd) Galveston, TX
409-763-6264


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rodeotiki
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Posted: 2005-09-16 08:38 am   Permalink

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[i]On 2005-09-15 13:26, tikipedia wrote

Actually, how about the haunted tiki mask at the Tropicana, in Las Vegas?

Quote: 'Las Vegas - Tropicana Hotel & Casino - Over the years visitors to this hotel are greeted at the entrance by a large tiki mask face, and many people have reported getting a terrible purple rash after touching it. And when people take pictures in front of it they report seeing a strange purple hazy cloud of smoke in the picture after they developed the pictures.'



I wonder if the mask was carved by Benzart?


 
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FreddieBallsomic
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Posted: 2005-09-16 2:40 pm   Permalink

I dont know who carved that damn thing, but I got married there, and my marriage lasted 11 months... Go Figure.

 
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exotica59
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Posted: 2005-09-24 6:30 pm   Permalink

After some anxious days waiting for my fish lamp. ( It was being shipped from Near Galveston ) It arrived. Real nice well made lamp with great patina. It really looks old up close.
I excitedly plugged it in, and immediately got zapped by electricity. It was a pretty big blue flash.I first off screamed, then I carefully looked the whole thing over and found no cut or bare wires, nothing seemingly wrong. While I was checking the lamp over my husband came to see why I screamed. He took the lamp, looked it over and not finding anything wrong either, plugged it in. worked fine!
Guess the spirit in the lamp likes my hubby better. hee hee!
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Mai Tai
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Posted: 2005-09-26 7:52 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-09-15 17:38, Doctor Z wrote:
Sounds like it's haunted by the ghost of Jimi Hendrix!


Jimi Hendrix + gay bar puffer fish lamp = 'Scuse me while I kiss this guy
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